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Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Moral Justification for Hillary's Ruthlessness is MEDIOCRITY

Deep down I know I'm mediocre,
but how dare you think I am.
THIS MAY 2016 ARTICLE by THEODORE DALRYMPLEpen name of Dr Anthony Daniels, a British psychiatrist, author and speaker, analyzes Hillary Clinton perfectly and I must say most delightfully in that I always wondered where her ruthlessness came from and now I know.  

In the above article, Theodore Dalrymple/Dr Daniels is writing about the ruthlessness of Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha (1908-1985) and right smack in the middle of the article he makes the comparison of the exact same ruthlessness to Hillary Clinton! 

He says (speaking of Hoxha...then switching to Hillary...so remind yourself to read "she/her" instead of "he/his" in this paragraph):

Hillary...er...Enver Hoxha
"In this, he (Hoxha) was a thoroughly modern man, or perhaps—in view of Mrs. Clinton’s ascent—I should say person; that is, he was a ruthlessly ambitious mediocrity, prepared to push anyone aside in order to clamber upwards. In ambition, he was certainly not mediocre; but, aware of his mediocrity, he resented or hated those who showed more talent than he and he set about creating a society in which no such talent could emerge or gain prominence. He was the kind of mediocrity that feels that there is only a limited supply of praise in the world and that which is bestowed on someone else is in consequence not bestowed on him."

But here is Dalrymple/Daniel's PROFESSIONAL PSYCHIATRIC ANALYSIS OF HILLARY CLINTON in full. It is...what can I say...fantastic!

Dr Anthony Daniels
Pen Name: Theodore Dalrymple
For those of you not familiar with Theodore Dalrymple/Dr Anthony Daniels but want to read something by him I recommend his LIFE AT THE BOTTOM: The Worldview That Makes the Underclass. From the link's book review: "Dalrymple, a noted conservative columnist in London's The Spectator, collects pieces he wrote for the conservative City Journal, using his own work as a physician in British slums and prisons as fodder for an analysis of the underclass: "not poor... by the standards of human history but trapped in a special wretchedness from which it cannot emerge."

His articles can be found at TAKI'S MAGAZINE, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research's CITY JOURNAL and most specifically a website dedicated to his writings: THE SKEPTICAL DOCTOR.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Virginia Supreme Court Slaps Down Scofflaw Governor Terry McAuliffe

Va. Supreme Court strikes down McAuliffe’s felon voting rights restoration in 4-3 decision

It should have been unanimous!

Papal Encyclicals and the Bard's Plays: What They Tell Us about Modern Villains

Liberal conspirators planning to smear Robert Bork, two
of the "howling pack" who killed his nomination.
I belong to an interesting book club. We alternate reading Church documents with reading the plays of William Shakespeare.

What's the connection?

The four of us just happen to be interested in both. But what I'm finding is that, as a Catholic, Shakespeare addresses the big moral issues just like the papal encyclicals do. The effects of the seven deadly sins: pride, avarice, anger (think of the number of tragedies that deal with murder), lust, etc. We've been drawing the plays at random, but choosing the encyclicals by interest (with the qualification of being pre-Vatican II). The second play drawn was Coriolanus. Despite two semesters of Shakespeare in college, Coriolanus is one of the few plays I'd never read.

Thought for the Day on Trump, Cruz, and the GOP Convention

From Fr. Tom Collins:
Ted Cruz seems to have actually done Trump a big favor by not directly endorsing his candidacy at the RNC. For months Trump has called Sen. Cruz, “Lying Ted”.
How, then, could he be helped by a direct endorsement from a man, whom he has consistently proclaimed to be a pathological liar? This would give plenty of ammunition to the Democrats, who could issue ads juxtaposing Trump’s “Lying Ted” remarks with his acceptance of the endorsement of such a “pathological liar”. Such an endorsement would be as helpful as an endorsement from lying, cheating Hillary”.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

A Navy Vet, Father of a Navy Pilot and State Police Officer Explains Why He Supports Trump

An email friend of mine was pretty angry at Cruz for not endorsing Trump last night. He called Cruz a con man. I didn't feel the same way and sent him an email disagreeing saying Trump was a con man too and made me think of P.T. Barnum to which he sent a passionate response. I thought it was an opinion worth posting. I respect him and his opinions. He has sons on the front lines both foreign and domestic. So whether you agree or disagree, I think you can understand his passion. His email reminded me of Pat Smith's heartfelt speech at the GOP convention asking Hillary why her son died at Benghazi. Watch that and then read Gary's email. And may God save America!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

While You're Searching for Pokemon, Why Not Make a Christ Search Visit!

I think St. Philip would enjoy a
good laugh over Pokemon Go.
Priests Encourage Pokemon Seekers to Seek Christ

I'm a little bemused by the Pokemon craze, but it seems a harmless game. When I first heard about it and how it's played I came to the conclusion that it's similar to geocaching except that the Pokemons are virtual rather than real. So instead of finding a "treasure" and swapping little trinkets, you "capture" a virtual Pokemon. I was intrigued when I read this bit from the article above which quotes a priest from my own diocese:
Fr Patrick Posey, pastor of St James Parish in Falls Church, Virginia, sent a letter informing parishioners about the six Pokemon stops on the church property.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Letter to the Prime Minister of France from Me

Manuel "Just Learn to Live with Terrorism" Valls
Prime Minister of France
Dear P.M. Valls, What on earth are you babbling about when you tell French citizens that they will "just have to live with terrorism"? Does that mean that you, that France, that Europe are collaborators with the EU traitors who let the invaders in in the first place? I suppose it does.

You were only 21 in 1983, but maybe you were there at the Hamburg Symposium for Euro-Arab Dialogue getting your first lessons on the superiority of Arab culture, “the grandeur of Islam, the superiority of Islam, the greatness, the mercy, the benignity, the peerless scientific and humanistic richness of Islamic civilization. That Beacon of Light as it was called at the Symposium – a light that for centuries had illuminated Europe,” as Oriana Fallaci says in her Force of Reason (2004)….a must read for anyone wanting to know what today’s media wants us to either forget or never know. And Oriana herself recommends Bat Ye'or's Eurabia.

Monday, July 18, 2016

There's No Such Thing as Cheap Mercy

An ocean of mercy flows from the pierced side of Jesus.
Repent and hear the good news!
Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said about grace: “Cheap grace is the grace we bestow on ourselves. Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession...Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” Plenty of people out there want cheap grace and cheap mercy. They want mercy without conversion, mercy with the pleasure of continued sinning. But just as there's no cheap grace; there is no cheap mercy. Fr. Tom understands that and explains it all for you.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

I Agree with VOX. Starve the Beasts at Patheos and Aleteia!

Caution: Click with care.
Catholic bloggers at Patheos and Aleteia are Click Hounds

It started for me with Mark Shea. I won't click on any of his articles because I refuse to feed the beast. There is something a little sick about measuring your income in internet clicks and engaging in strategies that foment discord to get them. So I just don't go to either Patheos or Aleteia. 

Where do I go?

Homeschooling: It's No Guarantee Your Kids Won't Make Bad Choices.

There's no magic potion for parenting.
Homeschooling isn't a magic potion!

Actually, this is a no-brainer. Hello! Our kids have free will and we can do everything possible to help them be responsible, holy adults and still watch heartbroken as they make bad, self-destructive decisions. I take comfort in Proverbs 22: "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."

Some children accept what parents say and believe, take it to heart, and never rebel. Others learn the hard way. They have to stick their fingers in the fire to see if it's really hot.

Guest Editorial: More on the Hillary emails, Loretta Lynch, and liberal attacks on Trump.

Indict Hillary for her felonies! Are you kidding?
Did Loretta Lynch Herself?

By David Martin

The House Judiciary Committee is greatly perplexed over Attorney General Lynch's refusal to comment on why the U.S. Justice Department dropped felony charges against Hillary Clinton for her email crimes. Every indication is that Loretta Lynch is about protecting crime, not about protecting America's security.